Biography

Dr John P Foran is a consultant cardiologist at Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals, where he treats both private and NHS patients. 

He qualified in medicine/surgery at St George's Hospital, University of London, in 1988. 

He has completed specialist training in cardiovascular and general internal medicine, including both adult and paediatric cardiology, at a number of tertiary care cardiac centres of excellence, including: 

  • Brook General Hospital 

  • St George's Hospital 

  • Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children 

  • King's College Hospital  

  • Manchester Heart Centre 

He completed his specialist training on 30 November 1999, and took up his first consultant post in the year 2000. 

Current post(s):  Consultant Cardiologist, Royal Brompton Hospital, London; Consultant Cardiologist, St Helier University Hospital, Surrey; Honorary Senior Lecturer, National Heart & Lung Institute, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College, London. 

Clinical expertise

Dr John P Foran has specialist expertise in a range of interventional techniques including: 

He is also experienced in managing cardiac arrhythmia (heart rate and rhythm disorders), and various forms of structural heart disease. 

Having implanted his first permanent pacemaker and performed his first coronary arteriogram in 1989, he performed his first coronary angioplasty in 1990, and his first catheter ablation procedure in 1991; as a result, he now has >30 years’ experience in these disciplines. 

Research interests

Dr John P Foran's academic research is clinically orientated and focuses on: 

  • new and emerging therapies to prevent embolic/haemorrhagic stroke in high-risk patients with atrial fibrillation; 

  • diagnostic (intracoronary imaging) and interventional techniques (calcium modification) to improve patient outcomes following percutaneous coronary stent implantation; 

  • emerging interventional treatments for patients with resistant hypertension.  

In 2003, Dr JP Foran pioneered left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) here in the UK.  LAAC is a key-hole interventional technique employed to reduce the risk of stroke and systemic embolism in high-bleeding-risk atrial fibrillation patients as an alternative to oral anticoagulant therapy; he now has nearly 20 years of experience in this field. 

Publications

Dr John P Foran has authored/co-authored multiple publications on a range of topics in adult and paediatric cardiology which may be accessed via the PubMed search engine / MEDLINE database. 

Teaching

Dr John P Foran travels nationally and internationally to treat patients, proctor colleagues, and speak at conferences/congresses.